Perth’s new Ritz-Carlton hotel has appointed Jed Gerrard as executive chef of its signature restaurant ahead of its planned opening later this year.
Previously executive chef at Perth’s acclaimed Wildflower restaurant, Gerrard was named 2018 Chef of the Year for WA in the Good Food Guide.
Due to open on November 15, Hearth restaurant will celebrate produces from Western Australia’s Kimberley region to the Great Southern region, pairing them with an exclusive local wine list.
Gerrard will cook seasonal produce from farmers, fishermen and artisans over fire, with the hearth itself a focal point of the restaurant’s open plan design which immerses diners in the kitchen action.
“The custom designed hearth will be the heart of the restaurant, with an element of each dish crafted utilising old world smoke and fire cooking techniques,” said Gerrard.
“We will use the hearth to tell the story of the produce from cooking beetroot over the coals, hanging duck above the hearth to smoke and cure, and charring native saline greens to create an aromatic dressing.”
The design will also feature native wood elements and ceramics handcrafted by local artisans.